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The survey was concluded with this:
"46. The U.S. Government declares a ban on the possession, sale, transportation, and transfer of all non-sporting firearms. A thirty (30) day amnesty period is permitted for these firearms to be turned over to the local authorities. At the end of this period, a number of citizen groups refuse to turn over their firearms. Consider the following statement: I would fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the U.S. Government."
After the news of this survey surfaced in The Spotlight, and the November, 1994 issue of American Legion Magazine, it was later reported that it was part of a soldier's Master Thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and did not "reflect any government program." However, the February, 1994 issue of Modern Gun magazine reported that a similar survey had been given to some Navy SEALS.
The thesis, called Peacekeeping and U.N. Operational Control: A Study of Their Effect on Unit Cohesion, had been classified until March, 1995, when it was approved for public dissemination............... And, in regard to the infamous question 46, of the 264 Marines who responded, 185 said they would be opposed to firing at Americans (with 127 strongly opposing), and 79 said they would be willing to shoot if ordered (with 23 strongly affirming).
Even if one out of every four Marines would shoot American citizens, what this survey revealed was that, for the most part, our military probably could not be relied on to act as a cohesive force to fire upon the citizens of this country.
originally posted by: Dimithae
a reply to: johnb
Well that is all fine and dandy. I just hope that if the day should ever come,I'm not standing in front of several of these fools that would follow orders.
What were the Nuremberg trials about again?
So basically to ensure there is no unit breakdown you ask the question and all those who say 'yes sir' (as they are highly trained to do) get put in those units whose job will to be murder their own citizens.
"I would fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the U.S. Government, and use those firearms against the Government or Agencies."
originally posted by: TDawgRex
a reply to: johnb
I'm going to play devil's advocate here.
Did any one think that if martial law were for some reason be declared and some citizen idiot started to shoot at the soldiers, you would expect them not to shoot back?
In other words, what if they were fired upon first?